18 days in Australia Itinerary

18 days in Australia Itinerary

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18 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  25​h
1
Sydney
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Newcastle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Port Macquarie
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Brisbane
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Manchester

4
nights
Sydney

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kiama Blowhole and Shelly Beach. Get in touch with nature at Bondi Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Take a break from Sydney with a short trip to Wentworth Falls in Katoomba, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manly Beach, take a stroll through The Rocks, catch a live performance at Sydney Opera House, and hike along Manly Scenic Walkway.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sydney road trip planning website .

Manchester, UK to Sydney is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Manchester to Sydney. Traveling from Manchester in December, expect Sydney to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Newcastle.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Katoomba, Kiama Blowhole, Shelly Beach
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Manly Scenic Walkway ©
Manly Scenic Walkway
Kiama Blowhole ©
Kiama Blowhole

3
nights
Newcastle

While Newcastle is known for its coal exports, it's also made a name for itself with a cultural boom.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tomaree Head and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from the city and head to Blackbutt Reserve and Jimmy's Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Newcastle: Barry Park (in Fingal Bay) and Zenith Beach (in Shoal Bay). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nobbys Beach, explore and take pictures at Fort Scratchley, and go for a stroll along the water at Watt Street Wharf.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Newcastle vacation app .

Traveling by car from Sydney to Newcastle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Newcastle, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Port Macquarie.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Shoal Bay, Jimmy's Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Barry Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nobbys Beach ©
Nobbys Beach
Jimmy's Beach ©
Jimmy's Beach

3
nights
Port Macquarie

Known for its numerous beaches and resident koala population, Port Macquarie offers visitors a welcoming environment in which to unwind.
Step out of the city life by going to Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Port Macquarie and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Centre of Gravity Indoor Adventure Centre. Step out of Port Macquarie to go to Scotts Head and see Scotts Head Beach, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Billabong Zoo: Koala & Wildlife Park, enjoy the sea views from Tacking Point Lighthouse, admire the natural beauty at Mrs York's Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Port Macquarie Historic Court House.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Macquarie tour planner .

Drive from Newcastle to Port Macquarie in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Newcastle in December, expect nights in Port Macquarie to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Port Macquarie

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Scotts Head Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Escape the urban bustle at Coolangatta Beach and Moffat Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Suncorp Stadium. When in Brisbane, make a side trip to see Slideways - Go Karting Gold Coast in Nerang, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, explore the world behind art at Queensland Art Gallery, let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Brisbane trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Port Macquarie to Brisbane takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Port Macquarie in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Brisbane, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gold Coast, Scuba & Snorkeling, Moffat Beach
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Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

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